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HPS308 - Psychopathology

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Trimester 3: CBD*, Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 2: Richard Moulding

Trimester 3: Rebecca Diehm



HPS111 and HPS121 and at least one of: HPS201, HPS202, HPS203, HPS204, HPS205, HPS310



Incompatible with: HPS788
Contact hours:

Trimester 2 Burwood (Melbourne) and Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Weekly 1 x 2 hour class; 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight; weekly online independent learning activities

Trimester 2 Warrnambool: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly  1 x 2 hour recorded class; 1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight (face-to-face or via videolink); weekly consultation via the Psychology Hub at Warrnambool

Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 Cloud (online): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly 1 x 2 hour recorded class; 1 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminar per fortnight; weekly online components.


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


The unit has the dual aims of allowing you to learn and explore concepts of mental disorders, and also of understanding your appreciation of the stigma and impact of such disorders on the lives of those affected. In so doing, this unit focuses on providing an introduction to abnormal and clinical psychology from a descriptive, theoretical and experimental perspective. In particular, we will focus on theories of psychology that integrate multiple perspectives - a so-called multidimensional integrative perspective.

Topics covered will include models and theories of abnormal psychology with emphasis on an integrative approach to understanding psychopathology; diagnosis and classification; as well as an examination of the major classes of disorders such as the anxiety, mood, and schizophrenia-related disorders. Where appropriate, there will be a discussion and evaluation of therapeutic interventions and ethical issues pertaining to intervention.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (1500 words) 35%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (1000 words) 25%

Assessment task 3: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Barlow, D. H., Durand, V. M., & Hofmann (2018). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach (8th ed.). Stamford, CT. Cengage Learning

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